Field wear & packs.
Sitka Gear's Storm-front Gore-Tex Jacket and Pants feature Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric, which is a three-layer construction that is breathable and extremely durable. Gore-Seam tape technology ensures all seams are 100 percent waterproof. The jacket features an adjustable hood, rainproof zippers, two zippered front chest pockets, pit-zips for extra ventilation, articulated elbows and side pockets that allow access to hidden layers. The Stormfront Jacket is available in Gore-Tex's new camo pattern, Optifade.
Contact: Sitka Gear, Dept. PB, (707) 253-1122; www.sitkagear.com.
Bigger IS Better
Due to customer demand, Hunter Safety System is offering their Pro Series Vest in 4XL and 5XL sizes. The Pro Series Harness boasts lightweight, quick-snap buckles and large pockets for gear storage. It's adorned in Realtree Hardwoods Green camouflage and is constructed from a tough mesh material that allows air flow, providing much-needed ventilation.
Contact: Hunter Safety System, Dept. PB, (877) 296-3528; www.huntersafetysystem.com.
Gore-Tex introduces Optifade for 2009. Based on scientific research into how deer and other game animals see, Optifade is uniquely different than everything else on the hunting market today. Gore teamed up with a panel of scientific advisors and took the latest research in animal science, camouflage science and computer technology to create a pattern that will help blend, break up and conceal in all terrains. Optifade incorporates a micro and a macro pattern. The micro considers the way a deer or other ungulate perceives color while the macro-pattern breaks up the smooth lines of the human body. Available exclusively from Sitka Gear and Bowtech.
Contact: W.L. Gore & Associates, Dept. PB, (800) 431-GORE; www.optifade.com.
Taking note of the rise in ground blind hunting popularity, Blacks Creek Guide Gear released the Wild Thing. For 2009, they have improved on the Wild Thing ground blind carrying backpack, which now features 16 pockets and two panels for gear, accommodates any hub-style blind, has easily adjustable shoulder and torso straps and the new V-lock buckles that keep the pack firmly in place while in use.
Contact: Blacks Creek Guide Gear, Dept. PB, (800) 742-1405; www.blacks-creek.com.
The new Stalker fleece vest from Medalist features Silvermax technology that contains 99.9 percent pure silver for scent protection as well as their Stay-Dry Skinetics moisture transfer system. The Stalker requires no activation, works to regulate body temperature in both cool and warm weather, is windproof, waterproof and has three pockets for gear storage.
Contact: Medalist, Dept. PB, (800) 543-8952; www.medalist.com.
Predator Deception Fleece from Gray Wolf Woolens is a new heavyweight polyester fabric that is soft, quiet, warm and comfortable. Available in a zip front or pullover hoodie, Predator Deception Fleece also can be used to custom create any of Gray Wolf's gear (bibs, pants, jackets, pullovers and head gear items).
Contact: Gray Wolf Woolens, Dept. PB, (715) 623-5399; www.graywolfwoolens.com.
Open, Non-Region Specific Pattern
Expanding on their expansive camo line, TrueTimber adds X[D.sup.3] to the mix. Taking high-resolution digital images from locations across the United States, TrueTimber's X[D.sup.3] is an open pattern and non-region specific. Whether hunting the wide-open prairies of Kansas or the big woods up North, [XD.sup.3] will help with your pursuits.
Contact: TrueTimber Camo, Dept. PB, (864) 472-1720; www.truetimber.com.
Mossy Oak Apparel's APX System has been revamped for 2009 and the new APXg2 line of clothing offers Advanced Performance for Extremes (APX). The Tundra L2 top can be worn as a second layer or next to skin base layer and features Mossy Oak Apparel's antimicrobial Scent-Stop technology as well as moisture management technology to help control odor. Dri-Power, Russell's moisture management technology, wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you dry when things heat up. The Tundra L2 provides underarm panels for increased ventilation and wicking, while wind-control panels cover the body's core to protect from wind exposure. A grid pattern in the fleece traps body heat and helps maintain warmth.
Contact: Russell Outdoors, Dept. PB, (800) 331-5624; www.russelloutdoorsgear.com.
Bowhunting Specialty Jacket
The new MST Treestand Jacket with Spine Pad from Rutwear is loaded with bowhunting-specific features. The MST boasts Zip-Down Archer's Sleeves, a midweight fleece lining, two front hand pockets, neoprene cuffs and a host of other amenities that allow archers to stop worrying about equipment failures and focus on making the shot.
Contact: Rutwear, Dept. PB, (866) 521-5012; www.rutwear.com.
No More Frozen Fingers
Powered by a small, 7.2-volt rechargeable lithium battery, Gerbing's new Core Heat Gloves keep hunter's hands warm in any weather. The Core Heat Gloves are waterproof, backed by a lifetime warranty, boast Thinsulate insulation for improved dexterity and will run up to 10 hours on one charge.
Contact: Gerbing, Dept. PB, (866) 371-4328; www.gerbing.com.
Rough Terrain? No Problem
Inspired by mountain climbing gear, the new Mountain Softshell Jacket and Pants from Cabela's are built with four-direction stretch material and a WindShear breathable membrane. The Mountain Softshell Jacket boasts articulated sleeves, three waterproof zippered pockets and Velcro adjustable cuffs. The Mountain Softshell Pants have an elasticized back waistband, articulated knees and an internal snow gaiter.
Contact: Cabela's, Dept. PB, (800) 237-4444; www.cabelas.com.
Boots For Any Blizzard
Rated for temperatures as low as 40-below, Camuks from Steger Mukluk Company are known for their warmth. Camuks weigh in at around three pounds (Ladies Camuks weigh 2.75 pounds), transmit no scent due to their rubberized moosehide and are built to be flexible. The flexibility of Camuks serves two purposes--it allows circulation for warmth and allows users to feel the ground they are treading on better.
Contact: Steger Mukluk Company, Dept. PB, (218) 365-6634; www.mukluks.com.
Lighter Weight, Tighter Ride
Designed to carry outsized loads through the use of four compression straps, the new X2 pack from Eberlestock is loaded with hunter-friendly features. The X2 has two panier-type side pockets (pockets will easily hold gear like spotting scopes and tripods) and an aggressive ventilated back panel. A ButtBucket system can be added, which features Eberlestock's Ripcord tether system, a system that allows on-the-fly access to your bow.
Contact: Eberlestock, Dept. PB, (208) 866-5695; www.eberlestock.com.
Interior foam dividers, mesh interiro organizers and brushed tricot with weather proof PVC backing are just some of the notables of GamePlan Gear's new CameraMan Pack, a pack designed specifically for those that like to film their hunts. The CameraMan Pack provides enough storage for camera, batteries, tapes and cords and still leaves plenty of room for personal hunting gear.
Contact: GamePlan Gear, Dept. PB, (877) 544-6611; www.gameplangear.com.
Brave the elements with M2D Camo's Waterproof Parka. Featuring laminated, waterproof, breathable fabric, the Parka is designed to keep you dry and warm thanks to neoprene cuffs with Velcro closures to keep water out. It has two zippered hand warmer pockets, a full zippered front with button snapped storm flap and a removable hood with eye level elastic drawstring for increased peripheral vision.
Contact M2D camo, Dept. PB, (509) 623-2626; www.m2dcamo.com.
For backcountry hunters, Wolverine's new M-9 Extreme High Country Hunting Boot features a durable Vibram rubber outsole for increased durability. A bi-component insole has been designed to be rigid in the back and flexible in the front for carrying packs off trails. Offering 600 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep feet warm and dry, the M-9 Extremes have a nine-inch shaft and locking laces for secure ankle support.
Contact: Wolverine, Dept. PB, (866) 699-7369; www.wolverine.com.
Using state-of-the-art digital technology, Pattern Masters offers its Ground Swatch camo pattern in a new reversible clothing line. This all-purpose pattern will conceal you whether you're hunting the flatlands or thick woodlands from a treestand to a blind, and offers camouflage on one side and black on the other. The line includes a facemask, long-sleeve shirt, gloves and full-zip jacket.
Contact:PatternMasters, LLC. Dept. PB, (406)697-0423; www.patternmasters.net.
Predator Camo's fleece clothing includes the Green Deception Fleece Jacket and Vest. Both items offer 380 grams of heavyweight fleece combined with two layers of wind barrier for extra protection against biting winds. The jacket offers four zippered pockets, while the vest has three. Both are available in sizes M-3X. Layer for cold days ahead or, on warmer days, wear the fleece as an outer layer. Fleece insulates, breathes and is extremely quiet--definitely a quality bowhunters desire.
Contact: Predator Camo, Dept. PB, (800) 430-3305; www.predafor-camo.com.
Keep your arrows on your back with Rancho Safari's new Catquiver VI.5 backpack in TrueTimber fleece with waterproof backing. With three pockets on each side, the Catquiver VI.5 has plenty of storage options. A big feature of the new Catquiver is that the included quiver can easily be removed in case you want to hang your quiver or just use the backpack. The pack offers a shoulder harness design. However, it can also be worn as a fanny pack.
Contact: Rancho Safari, Dept. PB, (800) 240-2094; www.ranchosafari.com.
First Lite adds heavyweight garments to its impressive Merino wool clothing line. Wool wicks moisture at the vapor level and has natural antimicrobial properties that help reduce odors. New products for 2009 include a 400-gram button down shirt/jacket, 400-gram zip-up shirt/jacket, 400-gram zip-up vest, 85 percent merino hiking sock, merino wool beanie and medium-weight rip stop virgin wool pants. Available in Black and ASAT camo, with the exception of the pants (ASAT only).
Contact: First Lite, Dept. PB, (208) 721-0101; www.firstlite.com.
High Tec Lacing
The Scent-Blocker/Mathews Hunters Web Shooters Shoe utilizes Scent Blocker's new Boa Lacing System Technology, which provides a dialed-in custom fit, no pressure points and the ability to make quick adjustments for a better fit with a simple click of the lacing system. Other features include a removable activated carbon insole with S3 antimicrobial technology, water-resistant construction, reinforced rubber toe and Mathews' Lost Camo Pattern.
Contact: Robinson Outdoors, Dept. PB. (800) 397-1827; www.scentblocker.com.
New Clothing Line
The Bone Collector line from ScentBlocker includes the stylish Freak Nasty Jacket and Pant. Both items offer ScentBlocker's SPF 50 activated carbon with increased carbon loading and BodyLock ankle cuffs, collar and waist. Keep your gear readily accessible in one of the many pockets available on both the pants and jacket. The jacket has two rear zippered pockets perfect for placing kidney warming heater packs. Both garments are available in Realtree AP in sizes M-2XL.
Contact: Robinson Outdoors, Dept. PB, (800) 397-1827; www.scentblocker.com.
Windproof to 35 MPH
Sporting Wayne Carlton's VanishHybrid camo, SportHill is introducing a plethora of new apparel items to its 3SP clothing line. Proprietary to SportHill, 3SP is a single layer, four-way stretch fabric that is windproof to 35 mph, snag resistant and suitable to be worn in cold and warm weather. For 2009, SportHill will introduce eight new products, including the Journey Jacket and InFuzion long sleeve shirt.
Contact: SportHill, Dept. PB, (800) 622-8444; www.sporthillhunting.com.
Scent Suppressing Boots
Utilizing Scent Suppressing Technology, Lacrosse's Alpha SST boots offer scent control on the inside as well as the outside. Made of rubber-clad, naturally insulating neoprene. Alpha SSTs include a nylon lining for comfort and snag-free performance. They also are available with 1,200 grams of Thinsulate Ultra Insulation for cold days in the field. Lacrosse uses a Sport Chassis outsole for increased traction.
Contact: Lacrosse, Dept. PB, (503) 262-0110; www.lacrossefootwear.com.
Using quiet bonded fleece and a silent textured specialty fabric, Gamehide's Second Layer Series is designed to stretch and flex with every move you make. The bonding process makes the garment windproof and highly insulating. The shirt features a stand-up collar, full-zip design and fleece-lined handwarmer pockets. The series is available in solid colors tipped with Realtree or Mossy Oak camo, or in camo tipped with solid colors.
Contact: Game-hide, Dept. PB, (888) 267-3591; www.gamehide.com.
Breaking Up Outlines
The Vertigo Silhouette Concealment System is Scent-Lok's newest creation and blends two Mossy Oak camo patterns that work in unison to break up a hunter's silhouette. Large blocks of light and dark colors strategically placed in the garment help mimic the light and dark patterns of tree branches and the sky. Scent-Lok's Vertigo products include a parka, pants and head cover. All three products are constructed with a quiet, weather-blocking fabric that repels wind and rain and has a Climafleece lining that adds comfort, quietness and warmth. The Vertigo SC All Weather Jacket is long enough to cover the lower torso and the pants have three zippered pockets for gear storage and zippered legs to make donning boots easier.
Contact: Scent-Lok Technologies, Dept. PB, (800) 315-5799; www.scentlok.com.
Repelling All Bugs
No more ticks, chiggers, red ants, black flies or harmful biting insects will get you when wearing Rynoskin from Har-Son Inc. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the lightweight (1.2 pounds), chemical free, breathable, cool and comfortable insect protection suit. It is worn under clothing to prevent snagging and eliminate bulkiness and has been extensively field tested and approved by FBI units, game and wildlife agencies and the DEA.
Contact: Har-Son Inc., Dept. PB, (866) 934-7546; www.rynoskin.com.